Putty looking for Master championship

    04/27/08

    Indonesia

    Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia (April 27, 2008)

    2007BWCPuttyArmein.jpg Indonesian bowler Putty Armein, ranked 7th in Asia, is determined to grab her first victory in the World Ranking Master tournament to be held in Jakarta from May 1 to 5.

    Her two compatriots, Ryan Lalisang and Tannya Roumimper, will also join the US$72,000 (Rp 662.4 million) tournament featuring 47 international bowlers who are ranked in the top eight of the American, European and Asian zones.

    "My aim this year is to win the championship," Putty, 27, competing in the Kuwait Open tournament, told The Jakarta Post by phone on Friday.

    The winners, she said, would be the ones who could adapt best to the lanes at Senayan Bowling Sportainment Center, Central Jakarta.

    Putty, who secured a runner-up position in the tournament in the United States in 2006, tracked down to 10th rank last year in Kuwait.

    2008DHCTannyaRouminper_small.jpg Meanwhile the country's young star, Tannya (right), who contributed the only gold medal in bowling at the South East Asian Games in Thailand (last year) said she would be content just to be among the big ten in her second run in the tournament having finished 12th last year.

    The second-grade student of Aloysius Senior High School in Bandung said contenders from the United States were the strongest.

    2007WRMDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg Last year saw Diandra Asbaty (left) of the United States bring home US$10,000 as the women's champion.

    Indonesia is set to hold the eighth tournament, which will be the first time it has come here. Previously it was held in the United Arab Emirates in 2001, Denmark in 2002, the United States in 2003, 2005 and 2007, Russia in 2004 and Kuwait in 2006.

    "It's an honor for this country to be able to host the prestigious tournament. I hope the three athletes give it their best performances," Indonesian Bowling Association secretary-general Cahyo Adi said.

    The association had not set a target for the event, he said.

    Yap Ko Kwee, assistant tournament director of the World Tenpin Bowling Association, said he had made a thorough observation of the lanes and was pleased with the conditions.

    "I hope Indonesia puts more focus on bowling because the athletes here are talented," he said. (ind)